elephant’s Best of the Week.

Via on Jan 31, 2012

All I Want is…Everything.

A guest editorial from elephant author Andréa Balt (a few weeks back Kate Bartolotta also wrote a guest editorial).

There’s one motor, one murmur common to all ways of life; no less necessary than oxygen, no more optimistic than sunshine.

Some call it hope.

As skeletal and necessary as hope seems to be—the blueprint of life more exactly—it’s paradoxical and painful to find armed guards at the doors of everything you dare to dream or do. When you have to justify imagination, but don’t need to excuse yourself from apathy, there’s something wrong with our world, with any world.

There are all kinds of antidotes to hope. They sell them at pharmacies, at supermarkets, at every corner of every street, on your TV screen, in magazines… They even sell them in your head—that army of Nos always defending their territory. Keep hope down. Don’t say it outloud. It’s so good it could vanish. You shouldn’t want it all. 

Why is it technically okay to be happy, but only few of us really believe it and even less decide to take it literally?

Be careful what we ask for…

We might just get it.

The rules of hope are simple: nothing real can be utterly destroyed, and nothing unreal can be threatened. So if the longing in us is such a dangerous business that someone or something is constantly trying to silence it, could it be because it’s a real map to life (the kind of map only the heart can read)?

Possibility is what makes our cells multiply and the idea of meturn into fact. As Gay Hendricks so brilliantly put it…click here to read the full deal, including Andréa’s introduction.

Yours in working (and playing) to create enlightened society,

Andréa Balt

Editor-at-Large (Spain)


Top Ten Mindful Blogs of the Week.


The Fat Girl’s Best Revenge.  ~ Charlotte Heckscher

Let’s be honest, we don’t want to be teased or unfairly judged, but we fat women… {mild nudity}

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Amy Ippoliti: This is Not Goodbye. ~ Michelle Marchildon 

After you yoga-stalk your teacher for the better part of five years, you cannot…

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21 Things That Will Help You, if Over 40, Get Started With Ashtanga Yoga. ~ Claudia Altucher

I can tell that there are differences in learning before and after the four-zero.

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Your Soulmate isn’t Who You Think it is. ~ Mark Radcliffe

Skip the supermodel and go for the one who loves you even on…

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Confessions of a Fat Chainsmoker in Yoga Class. ~ Greg Eckard

Getting healthy is hard, via one of our star interns.

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Stop a Cold in its Tracks. ~ Dr. John Douillard

How to know the signs and address the cause.

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My Kind of Porn. ~ Meghan Currie

Thanks nature…for all your horniness.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pot (But Were Too Afraid to Ask). ~ Kate Bartolotta

I don’t smoke, but not for moral reasons…

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10 Reasons I Love Monsanto. ~ Waylon Lewis

Monsanto is…


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Porn for Pregnant Ladies. ~ John Dalton

“I didn’t think it was possible, but you’re even more beautiful when…”


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Walk the Talk Show of the Week

Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis: Green Business Titan, Paul Hawken.


Funny of the Week

Jon Stewart hearts Newt Gingrich?

Cute of the Week

Coolest Dad Ever. {Video}


Quote of the Week

“The ego is just frozen love, and when we can let go of our…”

~ Reggie Ray

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